The BACK-TRACK system
Where's the Evidence?
BACK-TRACK started as a concept. After consultation with numerous experts including the Health & Safety Laboratories (the scientific agency of the Health & Safety Executive), ergonomists, manual handling trainers and professors of Kinesiology*, the BACK-TRACK concept started to take shape.
*Kinesiology, also known as human kinetics, is the scientific study of human movement.
Following development of the BACK-TRACK device and subsequently the
web based interface, it became apparent that the BACK-TRACK System was
a behaviour change tool. In 2008, during the development phase, Coca Cola Enterprises Ltd (CCE) worked with BACK-TRACK in its Northampton regional distribution centre warehouse. BACK-TRACK was reducing the average number of activations per hour and supporting a behavioural based safety approach.
The graph shows the change in manual handling behaviours during development of
the BACK-TRACK System. This was considered to represent a reduction in back injury
risk, however this was still to be proven.
Based on the ability to change behaviours, in 2009, CCE made BACK-TRACK usage mandatory for all UK RDC warehouse employees.
In 2011, TNT started using BACK-TRACK in their central parcel sortation hubs to identify and manage manual handling risk and introduced BACK-TRACK to 18 depots during 2013.
In 2011, DHL Tesco started using BACK-TRACK in the picking areas of its AAfrozen food warehouse in Daventry. Both of these organisations have implemented the BACK-TRACK Manual Handling Competency Programme. The data showed reductions in manual handling risk by reductions in numbers of activations per hour, as had happened at Coca Cola Enterprises. It was still unproven however, that the reductions in activations would result in a reduction in absence or back injuries.
The BACK-TRACK for Rehabilitation Module is used for assisting
those that return to work following a back injury related absence.
The principle of raising awareness of risk and changing behaviours
has proven to be successful in promoting rehabilitation of injuries.
The two BACK-TRACK for Rehab case studies detail how individuals
have reduced their pain using BACK-TRACK.
ACTIVATIONS / HR - (AVERAGE FOR ALL USERS)